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Family of Three and Their Non-Toxic Van Life

Tommy and Ashley met in Hawaii and after doing some assorted mission work, they met another couple who lived in a van, and they were inspired to try out nomadic life for themselves. Highly averse to debt, they decided to take a loan out on a 0% interest credit card and complete the build for the $15K they were approved for, promising to pay it back before the interest kicked in.

Amazingly, they did just that and were able to sell their first van, pay off the credit card and then use the funds to convert a second van (seen below). This van was designed with their toddler son in mind, and they were able to include a little play cubby for him, along with a bench seat that gives them an extra safe spot to put his car seat. What do you think of their conversion?

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Their Second Van Conversion Built for Three

Family of Three in DIY Van Conversion 3

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They added a bench seat in the back as a safe spot for their toddler to travel.

Family of Three in DIY Van Conversion

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The exterior of the van is simple and stealthy.

Family of Three in DIY Van Conversion 2

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VIDEO: Self Converted Wool Insulated Non-Toxic Camper Van


  • This couple spent a few years after they were married traveling around the globe doing mission work.
  • They didn’t want to have any debt, so they purchased their first van and converted it using a $15K credit card from Amazon (0% interest for 12 months)
  • After that, they sold the van and used the proceeds to pay off the credit card and build out their current van.
  • This van has a special kids’ cubby for their son, along with a bench seat to provide a safe space for his car seat.
  • They built the van with the help of his brother and dad who have a van conversion business.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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